Is Papi pulling your goat?Posted: April 27, 2020
Yesterday over breakfast the contributor of this malaphor made some inane comment to his wife. Their 5 yr old granddaughter, who was visiting, then blurted out, “Is Papi pulling your goat?” This is a mashup of “pulling (one’s) leg” (kidding or teasing someone) and “get (one’s) goat” (to irritate or annoy someone). Certainly one can pull a goat, and vice versa (see pic). And the words “pull” and “get” are similar in meaning. Perhaps the little one had some pulled pork the night before. Adn if you haven’t had it before, “pulled goat” is pretty good as well.
Interestingly, the origin of the phrase “get your goat” derives from a tradition in horse racing. Thought to have a calming effect on high-strung thoroughbreds, a goat was placed in the horse’s stall on the night before the race. A big thanks to Dan Chavez who heard this one and sent it in.